From June 24 to 26, 2022, the municipality of Săsciori will host the 14th edition of the Dacian Citadels Festival, the oldest festival of ancient historical reconstruction in Romania. For two days, more than 100 Dacian and Roman warriors will relive the atmosphere of 2,000 years ago, inviting the audience on a journey through time.
The festival also includes, in addition to the battles between the Dacians and the Romans, ancient workshops, a traditional Dacian Decathlon competition, and open-air concerts.
The Dacian Citadels Festival – the oldest ancient reconstruction festival in Romania – is also this year an inspiring call for those who love history turned into a show. The event has a varied program that includes both cultural events and reenactments, battles between the Dacians and Romans, ancient workshops, and open-air concerts, but also competitions between the mighty and “Dacian dogs” from the Dacian forts at Alba. The municipality of Săsciori will host the festival this year, between 24 and 26 June 2022.
Fridayin the National Museum of the Federation in Alba Iulia the exhibition will be opened, the Dacian Castle of Căpâlna during the Roman Daco Wars.
Saturday The events begin with the “Dacian chicken” generation competitions – a general cultural competition on the Roman history of Daku in which students from schools in the localities: Cougir, Crikao, Statia di Palto, Egeo and Sociori participate.
Then, at the base from which the Dacian Castle is reached from Căpâlna, the first landmark will be identified within the GRADUS LEGIONIS project, a tourist route intended to link the Roman encampment of Aușel Saddle and the Dacian castle of Căpâlna. Also on this occasion, castle defenses made up of Daqian warriors would be created.
After this moment, this time, in the stadium area of Săsciori, the official opening ceremony will take place, followed by a parade and presentation of the current renovation forces. Opening for the occasion, the many camps and old handicraft workshops will be open until 19.00.
Activities will be carried out in the old camp, but also in historical renovation shows: Garda Apulum – Alba Iulia, Terra Dacica Aeterna – Cluj-Napoca, Asociatia Historia Renascita – Pitești, Omnis Barbaria – Baia Mare, Dacii Petrodavei – Piatra Neamț, PF VII Legion Claudia – Dobrosloveni, Venatrix – Cluj Napoca and Nymphs Dace – Zalău. During the day there will be demonstrations of Daco-Roman military technique, ancient dances and gladiator fights. During the evening, the first major battle between the Dacians and Romans was scheduled. The old party will last until midnight with the Zamolxe rug, an absolutely amazing cremation ritual.
Also, on Saturday evening, from 21.00, Clancea’s Wolves will perform.
Sunday – The Daqian Castle Festival includes new activities in the old camp, but it is also an attempt to remake the Roman Battle of Dacian, which will take place in the Dacian Castle area of Kupalna.
Starting at 15.00, the Dacian Decathlon will take place on the field in Săsciori – a competition between the powerful teams of the Dacian castles of Alba: Cugir, Cricău, Cetatea de Baltă, Ighiu and Săsciori. The competition tests are very unique, respectively: “Brave arc” – shooting, “Fast and Powerful” – moving 25 kg of sand, “Solitaire Sittwe” – far javelin, “Fast between the foot ”- relay, jogging with the log,“ arm Iron ”- Scandenberg,” “Let’s gather troops” – pull the rope, “Dachian fighter” – fight on logs, “Fortress warrior” – rock throw, “Skill and bravery” – climb on the mast, “Cărăușii Cetății ”- water transport in buckets.
The event will end with a folk show supported by the Alba County Folk Band.
The Dacian Citadels Festival is a registered trademark of Alba County Council, which began in 2006, and is the oldest ancient reconstruction festival in Romania. This event is held annually around the day of Sânziene (24 June) and aims to promote the traditions and tourism potential of the province of Alba.
The event is organized by the Alba County Council, the National Museum of the Alba Iulia Confederation, the Agustin Peña Cultural Center and the Sciuri Municipal Council.
Dacian Castle Festival Program, Săsciori, 14th Edition, June 24-26, 2022
Friday 24 June
5.30 pm – Opening of the exhibition “Dacian Castle of Kupalna during the Roman Daku Wars” – National Union Museum Alba Iulia
Saturday 25 June
9.00 am – Children’s history quiz “Pui de dac” – Săsciori Cultural Center
- Participating: schools from Cugir, Cricău, Cetatea de Baltă, Ighiu and Săsciori
10.00 – GRADUS LEGIONIS – Milestones of the XIII Gemini Corps, the thirty-third military rite, the creation of the Dacian and Roman Guards of Kupalna; Guided Tours To Daqian Castle From Kapalna
- Participants: Jimena XIII Legion, Fifth Macedonian Legion, Third Legion Flavia Felix and Claudia BF VII Legion
11.00 – VIRTUTE ET LABORE – at Săsciori Stadium. The procession, the official opening ceremony, the opening of the old camp, and the presentation of the ancient historical reconstruction forces and craft workshops
- orthopedic treatment
- Equipment maintenance
- Romanian games
- daqian plants
- antique kitchen
- Made of chain shirts
- Iron industry
- soldier training
- wrestler training
Participants: Garda Apulum – Alba Iulia, Terra Dacica Aeterna – Cluj-Napoca, Omnis Barbaria – Baia Mare, Historia Renascita – Pitești, Dacii Petrodavi – Piatra Neamţ, Legion VII Claudia PF – Dobrosloveni and Nimfele Dace – Zalău.
11.45 – Dacian Castle of Kupalna – Views and models for the development of the cultural tourism product “Dacian Castle of Kupalna” – General view / Săsciori Stadium
19.00 – Ancient Dances – Dacian Nymphs – Zallo and Venatrix – Cluj-Napoca / Suscuri Stadium
19.15 – Gladiator fights – Ludus Apulensis (Alba Iulia) and Ludus Ursus (Cluj-Napoca) / Săsciori Stadium
7.45 pm – Demonstrations of Daco-Roman Military Equipment / Săsciori . Stadium
20.15 – Siege of the Dacian fortress of Căpâlna – The great battle between the Dacians and the Romans / Săsciori Stadium
21.00 – Draco Stadium / Securi
- Calancia wolves
- Musical atmosphere with DJ.
10.30 p.m. – Fire of Zamolci and ritual cremation of the corpse of the Dacian chief, wish to wish Nemesis / Săsciori Stadium
Sunday 26 June
10.00 – Old Camp and Craft Workshops / Săsciori . Stadium
11.00 – The last siege of the Dacian fortress of Căpâlna / Dacian Căpâlna fortress
15.00 – DACIC DECATHLON / Săsciori . Stadium
- Brave bow (shooting)
- Fast and powerful (moving 25 kg of sand)
- Spearhead in the castle (spear throwing from a distance)
- Fastest leg (relay, trunk run)
- Iron Arm (Scandenberg)
- Let’s join forces (pull us by the rope)
- Daqian fighter (fight on tree trunks)
- Warrior of the Castle (cast rock)
- Skill and bravery (climbing the mast)
- Cărăușii Cetății (Water Transport)
17.00 – Draco Festival – Folk performance by the Alba Folk Ensemble / Suscuri Stadium